The Pleasanton Police Department in California is mourning the loss of an officer who died on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, after a brave year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Thirty-six-year-old Kyle Henricksen, who was born and raised in Manteca, California, leaves behind his wife and their four children, Pleasanton Patch reported.
“Kyle left us all with a sense of awe and amazement in his courageous and remarkable fight, defying odds and exhibiting amazing strength with a smile he shared so easily and so frequently with others. Kyle touched us all in ways that we will be forever grateful. Now we reflect on our time with Kyle as a gift in each of our lives,” Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller said.
Flags will be lowered to half-staff at city facilities for the remainder of the week in Henricksen’s honor, Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho said.
“I’m very saddened by the loss of Kyle, our co-worker, and friend,” Fialho said. “He was an exceptional officer and his presence will be missed in our organization and community. On behalf of the city, we are eternally grateful to Kyle and his family for the decade of service to Pleasanton.”
Henricksen worked for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff for three years before joining the Pleasanton Police Department in 2009, according to Pleasanton Police Lt. Maria Munayer.
Throughout his career, Kyle worked a variety of assignments, including six years as a patrol officer and four years as a motor officer in the Special Operations Unit. As a motor officer, he conducted special enforcement assignments on problem roadways and worked countless traffic collisions where he was often commended for his diligent and thorough investigative skills, Munayer said.
Henricksen also worked numerous community outreach details, including the School Valet Program, First Wednesday Street Fairs, Special Olympics, Read Across America, Coffee with a Cop, and Cone with a Cop, Munayer added.
Memorial service details are pending.